Wow, No Thank You: Essays (audiobook) is a new rip-roaring essay collection from the hilarious, smart, unabashedly raunchy, edgy, and best-selling author Samantha Irby. Samantha is 40, and increasingly uncomfortable in her own skin despite what ‘Inspirational Instagram Infographics’ have promised her. She has left her job as a receptionist at a veterinary clinic, has published many successful books and has been friendzoned by Hollywood, then left Chicago, and moved into a house with a garden that requires repairs and know-how with her wife in a Blue town in the middle of a Red state where she now hosts book clubs and makes mason jar salads. This is the bourgeois life of a Hallmark Channel dream. Irby goes on bad dates with new friends, spends weeks in Los Angeles taking meetings with “TV executives / amateur astrologers” while being a “cheese fry-eating slightly damp Midwest person,” “with neck pain and no cartilage in her knees,” who still hides past due bills under her pillow. The essays in this collection draw on the raw, hilarious particulars of Samantha Irby’s new life. Wow, No Thank You is Irby at her most riotous, unflinching, and relatable.
“Her comedic antics make for the perfect escape.” — Danielle Valente, Time Out “The incomparable Samantha Irby offers yet another laugh-out-loud masterpiece…. The perfect read at a time when we all could use a little comic relief.” — AP “Stay-up-all-night, spit-out-your-beverage funny, miss-your-subway-stop … irresistible as a snack tray, as intimately pleasurable as an Irish goodbye.” — Jia Tolentino “Irby, the hilarious author of Meaty and We Are Never Meeting in Real Life, is bitterly funny on the peculiarities of marriage, aging, and life in the Midwest.” — The New York Times, *New Books to Watch for in March* “Samantha Irby has written the perfect book for this moment…. Irby can never make fun of herself enough, which is good news for us: Her misery makes for great company. She might be the funniest essayist around right now.” — EW.com “Sam’s hilarious collection of essays takes stock of midlife and the bourgeois dream…. Her acerbic perspective is no less raw or raunchy than it was before domestic bliss and fame came calling.” — The Observer, *Spring’s Best Books* “Features more raw, LOL-y real-life stories that have become the writer’s trademark. Whether she’s talking about getting her period for the first time (traumatic!) or working in Hollywood, Irby brings light to literally everything.” — Cosmopolitan “Samantha may be spending more time in LA, but she’s still the same old ‘cheese fry-eating slightly damp Midwest person.’ This much is clear in her riotous new audiobook of bad dates, worse food experiences, and general befuddlement at the world.” — Entertainment Weekly, *Most Anticipated Books of 2020* “Whether she’s writing about living with her wife in a small midwestern town or her relationship with her body, Sam Irby isn’t afraid to get candid and share her own insecurities. In doing so, she crafts smart takes on popular social trends, poking fun at how they are changing the way we think and live.” — Time Magazine, *Best Books of March 2020* “Irby is still the same bawdy, honest, self-deprecating writer. In her latest collection of essays, she walks us through topics as disparate as her beauty routine (“I just wash the parts of my body that stink, which means—now hold on to your butts—that I don’t always wash my legs.”) to getting a hysterectomy.” — Buzzfeed, *Most Anticipated Books of 2020* “As fitting a response to 2020 as I can imagine… Wildly, seditiously funny…. Read Irby because she knows what it means to live with a fair amount of panic and largely indoors…. She might be our great bard of quarantine—with an unimpeachable daytime pajama look…. This is her voice: deadpan, confiding, companionable…. [Her] three collections, which span a decade, ought to be read together, with this latest as a coda, striking its valedictory note.” — Parul Sehgal, The New York Times